Friday , February 3 2023

Andrew Allemann

Epik and Rob Monster fined $10,000 in DNProtect settlement

Washington State insurance commissioner went after company for offering insurance product. Domain name registrar Epik shut down its DNProtect service earlier this month, and now we know why. The Washington State insurance commissioner was investigating DNProtect and entered into a consent decree with Epik and its former CEO, Rob Monster, …

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Squadhelp reduces commission on domains sold at Afternic

Company changes commission structure for semi-exclusive domains. Naming platform Squadhelp is lowering the commission it charges sellers of some domains if the domains sell on Afternic instead of Squadhelp. Squadhelp offers two listing types: Premium and Standard. With Premium listings, Squadhelp undertakes marketing, including featuring the domains to people running …

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Pocketbook ebook company gets pocketbook.com in settlement

Ebook reader company got what it wanted, but at what cost? Pocketbook International, a maker of e-readers, now owns pocketbook.com. Pocketbook International, a maker of ebook readers, has acquired the domain name pocketbook.com through a legal settlement. The company’s quest for the domain name began in 2019 when it filed …

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Track your cannabis: 12 more end user domain sales

A cannabis-tracking firm, a curfew-beating service, and a business that sells communication radios bought domain names. Sedo’s top public sale of the week, ThisAV/com for $99,000, was used as an adult NSFW site and still resolves to that site. It might have been a website purchase rather than a domain. …

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Epik updates: layoffs and technical issues

CEO addresses layoffs and technical issues. I’ve heard more chatter about Epik over the past couple of weeks, and I reached out to Epik CEO Brian Royce for an update. First, I noticed a couple of Epik employees/contractors posting that they’d left the company. Commenting on the layoffs, Royce wrote …

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CentralNic revenue grew 77% last year

Company reports strong growth thanks to advertising business. Today, domain name and online advertising rollup CentralNic (AIM: CNIC) provided its first estimate of revenue and earnings for last year. The company expects to report gross revenue of $728 million, up 77% from last year. Organic growth was approximately 60% when …

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Million dollar domain sales – DNW Podcast #422

Where are last year’s big domain sales now? On today’s show, DNJournal publisher Ron Jackson discuss last year’s big sales. Who bought them? How are they being use? Ron also shares some surprising statistics from last year and thoughts about 2023. Also: Charles Schwab, RDNH down under, ICA, 2023 forecast …

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Maserati.gone: car company cancels five top level domains

Car company says goodbye to .fiat, .maserati and other dot-brand domain names. Stellantis decided it doesn’t need a top level domain to sell Maserati cars. Image courtesy Maserati. Car company Stellantis has informed ICANN that it’s terminating contracts to run five top level domains. The automaker notified ICANN last month …

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Autralian homebuilder tries reverse domain name hijacking

Second level .au domain battle probably led to this dispute over a third level domain. Homebuilder.com.au IP Pty Ltd tried to reverse domain name hijack homebuilder.net.au, a World Intellectual Property Organization panel has determined (pdf). This appears to be the second case under the .au Dispute Resolution Policy in which …

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Domain Capital defends ColombianCoffee.com in UDRP

Panel notes the descriptive nature of the domain names and legitimacy of owning descriptive terms as an investment. Domain Capital has successfully defended (pdf) the domain name colombiancoffee.com in a UDRP. Federación Nacional de Cafeteros de Colombia, a non-profit representing Colombian coffee growers, filed the Complaint with World Intellectual Property …

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12 recent end user domain name sales

A deck installer, a screenshot software app, and a generator company bought domain names. Sedo’s top public sale this past week was normal.es for $65,000. A SafeNames client bought this domain, but I’m not sure who the end buyer is. Someone got a steal on Sugarcoat.com for £3,000. I wish …

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Reflections from ICA’s meeting

The Internet Commerce Association membership just met in Las Vegas. Here are my thoughts. Mentalist Alain Nu entertains the crowd at ICA at the expense of Gregg McNair and Christian Voss. I spent the last few days in Las Vegas for the Internet Commerce Association (ICA) meeting. If you’re not …

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